National Appeal on Koodankulam to be released in New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai TODAY !

Today, May 20th 2012 (Sunday), the “Urgent Appeal to the Conscience of the Nation on Koodankulam,” signed by eminent Indians like Prashant Bhushan, Vandana Shiva, Aruna Roy, Binayak Sen, Anand Patwardhan, Admiral Ramdas, Lalita Ramdas, Narayan Desai, Surendra Gadekar, EAS Sharma, Ilina Sen, Sandeep Pandey, Aruna Rodrigues, Praful Bidwai, P M Bhargava, Achin Vanaik, Gnani Sankaran and many others will be released in New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Readings of the National Appeal on Koodankulam are being planned in Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa and other cities.

In Mumbai, the appeal will be released at 6.30 PM in Chaityabhoomi at Dadar by prominent human rights activist Binayak Sen and famous documentary film-maker Anand Patwardhan. (Contact Anuj Wankhede on [email protected])

In Delhi, Vandana Shiva, the prominent Indian eco-feminist scholar and activist, will release the appeal at 6 PM at the India Gate in New Delhi.

In Kolkata, activists will release the National Appeal at 10.30 AM from Earthcare Books at 10 Middleton Street and at 5 PM from Shishu Mela (a children’s fair) at Shamil, a children’s school at Chittaranjan Colony.

Anuj Wankhede

From Germany to the UK, there have been massive street protests to mark solidarity with the nonviolent anti-nuclear protesters in India.

The issue has struck a cord with ordinary citizens in these countries who have witnessed the effects of this nuclear folly for decades.

What strikes these protesters most is how blatant the Human Rights Violations against the Kudankulam protesters are. “In a land of Mahatma Gandhi, the state is using all its resources to muzzle a nonviolent protest and that too a hunger strike. It is madness!” is the sentiment echoed by the protesters.

Recently, Amnesty International and other Human Rights organizations cautioned the Indian Government on this issue.

This week, Parliamentarians in London presented letters addressed to The Prime Minister of India and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister asking for a halt to these operations.

Readers are well aware of the fact that the Kudankulam project is coming up despite floating International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines on safety.

Apart from Germany and England, we are receiving solidarity messages from across the globe – from Australia to Japan, the US, Mexico, South America, Africa and Middle East.

Across continents, the message is the same, a loud “No to Nuclear Energy, No to Kudankulam!”

Protest in London against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project

Protest in Frankfurt in Solidarity with Anti-Nuke Movements of Jaitapur and Koodankulam